The Rum Diary
Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenaults and her fiancée Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.
Zzzzzzzzzzzz... roll credits.
The Rum Diary is an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s fictionalised memoirs of his time working as a journalist in Puerto Rico. This is clearly dear to Depp’s heart but at $45 million this is one expensive passion project. Unfortunately, for those that put up the money, it is hard to see a sizeable return on their investment. Bringing Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I) on board as writer-director looked like a masterstroke, but whilst he has made a very handsome looking film, the story is far too bitty and lacking in interest to work.
Depp delivers one of his better recent performances (although that isn’t saying much) but he is 20 odd years too old for the role, and looks it.…
Film 63 of The December Project
Most of you think The Rum Diary is a bit meh. Thing is, that's what makes it a bloody good adaptation of the book.
And I don't think I'm saying that just because I'm developing a crush on Bruce Robinson.
The Rum Diary is juvenilia.
The Rum Diary is Hunter S. Thompson at volume level 7.
I read it about ten years ago, after about ten of his other books, and it was quieter and meandering and washed-out, yet with flashes of the crazed quicksilver fury that created the HST legend.
There were many times when this film made me feel exactly like I did when reading the book. Occasionally it's a…
Hunter S. Thompson was brilliant. One of the funniest, strangest, and most clever writers of any generation. This film is the exact opposite.
After seeing three Hunter S. Thompson films today, I'll admit my expectations were pretty high on this film and I was really disappointed. Maybe it's because my hopes were so high after seeing his other works, but this really disappointed me. This is a prequel of sorts that depicts Hunter before the drugs and the booze and the insanity. That's kinda the problem. A sober Hunter S. Thompson just isn't as entertaining nor interesting as a boozed up, drugged out, somewhat insane Hunter S. Thompson. This film desperately needed some of the weirdness that Hunter brought into…
If I had to choose one mans life to live it would be Hunter S. Thompson's. Or Ron Jeremy's.
I think it's a choice that Johnny Depp would also make. He shows such great passion for the man. A hero worship. And thank fuck he does. He makes this film excellent. This is probably one of Depp's best performance of recent years, he is clearly invigorated to be playing a real character again.
A fitting tribute to Hunter.
I was hoping the poor reviews of this film had been overblown, but alas, they were not. It's a boring mess, though a boring mess with potential. Trimming at least 20 minutes of runtime and focusing more on the drunken exploits of Depp and his chums, would have made this a far, far more entertaining film. Depp and the two main guys surrounding him, heck even Richard Jenkins, could have made for a fun movie, but bringing in the entire political subplot did not work at all and just bogged the film down completely.
The last entire hour of the film is a complete slog, with almost nothing interesting going on. I stayed with it, assuming it would head somewhere, but it really just continued to nosedive into a warm pool of snooze. Entirely forgettable.
I am an advert Hunter S Thompson fan.
Still like this. Starts of great and wanders off though and becomes less fun as it goes.
Puerto Rico rum, a writer in search of inspiration, a reporter against social injustice... As a result, a pointless (and even boring) plot. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant experience with a nice feeling of the 60's, good performances and glimpses of the unique Johnny Depp's mastery.
Fear and loathing in San Juan!
This won't win any awards, but it's pretty good. More importantly, Amber Heard is hot!
Johnny Depp may be a perfect HST, but this film is sooooooooooooo bland
Most of the hysterical rage of Robinson's earlier films has gone, but this still has its moments of anarchic hilarity and is a lot of fun. The cast is all good, especially Ribisi and Rispoli. It was just nice to see a film like this being made in 2011.
Depp thinks he just has to slap his name on a Hunter S Thompson story and it's gold again. Fool's Gold maybe.